BUCAF Implements Php 17M Projects Through DA BAR Support
The Bicol University College of Agriculture & Forestry (BUCAF) and the Department of Agriculture- Bureau of Agricultural Research (DA- BAR) have strengthened tie up through collaborative efforts in implementing various projects in agriculture. These projects include the following:
1. Integrated Management Systems in the Rice Production Areas of Albay Under Changing Rainfall Pattern under the leadership of Dr. Vigilia G. Armendi of the Department of Agricultural Sciences of BUCAF. The project has a total budget of Php 4,942,000.00 with the following studies:
a. Study I - Organic Revitalization of Upland Soils in Albay with Dr. Vigilia G. Armendi as study leader and with a budget of Php 2,888,000.00.
b. Study II - Assessment of Control Management Strategies of Rice Black Bug (Scotinopra coarctata Fabricius) in Albay with Prof. Genean L. Galicia also of BUCAF as study leader; Php 348,000.00 budget.
c. Study III - Adaptation Strategies for Food Self-Sufficiency under Various Ecosystems due to Climate Change in Albay: A Collaborative Research, Development & Extension Services (CRDES) Approach which is spearheaded by Rosalinda B. Beludo of the Office of Provincial Agriculture of Albay; with a budget of Php 1,706,000.00.
2. Establishment of Indigenous Breeding and Dairy Production Facilities in BUCAF headed by Dr. Ligaya O. Vargas; with project budget of Php 2,608,000.00.
3. Establishment of Research and Technology Commercialization and Information Center at BUCAF with a budget of
Php 2M from Bicol University and Php 4,758,850.00 from DA BAR; total project cost is Php 6,758,850.00. This project is directly under the supervision of Dr. Marissa Estrella with Prof. Armando Octeza as production coordinator.
4. Commercialization of Agroforestry Technologies Towards Agribusiness Development for Improved Community Resiliency in Selected Communities in Albay with Prof. Allberto Gonzales as project leader and with project budget of
The sum for all the aforementioned projects is seventeen million ninety-one thousand and five hundred seventy pesos (Php17,091,570.00). The first two projects started last 2011 and would end in 2014. Project 3 is newly approved and will run for one year only while project 4 will be implemented for two years.
With such support, BUCAF will be able to acquire pieces of equipment and improve its facilities which are essential in the delivery and enhancement of its services in the fields of instruction, research, extension and production. (MN Estrella)
Dr. Marissa N. Estrella, the new BUCAF Dean
Nursing out, Agribusiness in as top job generator
By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:02:00 06/30/2010
Filed Under: Employment, Nursing matters, Education
MANILA, Philippines—Nursing is out, agribusiness is in.
Students who want to land local jobs easily after graduation should take note of the country’s key employment generators in the next five to 10 years, the Department of Labor and Employment said.
The Labor Department said agribusiness topped the list of key employment generators in its study of the labor market in various regions in the next five to 10 years.
Other industries that will demand labor in the near future include: cyberservices, health and wellness, hotel and restaurant, medical tourism, mining, construction, finance, manufacturing, real estate, transport and logistics, retail, and overseas work.
Emerging industries in the country in next 10 years are creative industries, strategic farming and fishing, power and utilities and renewable energy, according to the Labor department’s Project JobsFit study.
‘Hard to fill’ jobs
Criselda Sy, director for local labor, said discussions with various industries showed that these sectors have “hard to fill in demand posts.”
She noted that the four most popular college courses—nursing, information technology, education, and hotel and restaurant management—do not respond to the need of the local communities.
Sy said Filipino students have no idea of competitive courses to take in college, which has led to surpluses and a mismatch in skills.
As such, the Labor department is urging a review of the Philippines’ education curriculum to address the jobs mismatch and introduce students to other job opportunities.
Labor officials said the curriculum was no longer responsive to the needs of the labor market.
Labor Undersecretary Romeo Lagman said schools should review their curriculum and steer their students toward key employment generators.
“We have to start an intensified career guidance program starting in third year high school and this should include gender awareness, current work practices, and potential opportunities for both technical-vocational and college courses to ensure that students make effective career choices,” Lagman said.